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3 Key Strategies Learned as an Educational Pioneer

Head of School Jackie Westerfield shares strategies for transitioning into uncharted territories in education.

It's All About the View

Scottsbluff NebraskaBeing first isn’t always synonymous with winning, but being brave enough to follow a dream is an incredibly valuable experience.  My family founded a school in south Florida in 1997.  The most powerful lessons I’ve learned from this endeavor are worth sharing with you.  If you are an educator,  and if you are reading this, you are most likely doing something interesting at your school.

We founded our school at a time when the internet was a brand new word.  Our founding vision centered on creating a personalized educational experience for students utilizing the power of these amazing new tools and portals.  We did our homework, built our buildings, bought our computers, planned our infrastructure, designed our networks, hired our teachers, installed our video conferencing equipment, and opened our doors to 130 children.

We became a culture of builders- trying new things, implementing what worked and letting go of what didn’t…

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